Kid Hit Menu Items: I’ve only been here with the baby, who didn’t express much of an opinion either way about the menu. But I noticed plenty of things kids would like. The oven-baked scrambled eggs with mushrooms served in an individual cast iron pan are terrific, if not a tad dry. The eggs are served with both white and whole wheat rounds of soft, homemade pita. The menu also includes yogurt and granola at breakfast, fresh fruit, Merguez sausage, etc. I bet the meat skewers are popular with the small carnivorous crowd.
Adult Perks: The deli case is stocked with hummus, mezze, as well lots of other dishes from all over the Middle East and Mediterranean. Momed’s wood oven makes Turkish flatbreads with toppings such as wild mushrooms, chicken lahmajoun, and halloumi and akawi cheeses. The new open kitchen feels well worn, with visible spice jars and other ingredients appealingly strewn about. Momed serves Intelligentsia, which means it’s the best coffee source you’ll find in Beverly Hills. (Unless you’re a die hard Urth defender.) I sent my cappuccino back because the Intelli cups designed by notNeutral they use are 8 and instead of 6 ounces. OK, so I was totally That Coffee Nerd, but the request was politely honored.
Pros: Long bench seating. Nice covered outdoor patio. Easy counter service. Continual all-day service.
Cons: Busy Beverly Drive can be a pain. I imagine the restaurant gets crowded and hard to maneuver around the room, so it’s not a stroller-appropriate space — but the patio is. Food cooked in the wood-burning oven is REALLY friggin’ hot. Cast iron pans heated to a gazillion degrees and then carried around a packed restaurant = potentially bad news, so be sure to keep close tabs on the kids.
Changing Station: No
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Street metered parking, or city lots.
Other Tidbits: When Momed claims to be “Modern Mediterranean,” they’re not kidding. Designed by the same firm that crafted the Hungry Cat’s interior, as well as the radical former BP/now Arco “eco” station (sounds naïve and ridiculous now, eh?), this space has serious style. The juxtaposed whites, grays, and woods are light and contemporary without feeling frosty. Details like the chairs that are half painted white and half stained neutral wood warm the place up and add a subtle degree of depth. Cool exposed ductwork and industrial lighting fixtures looks like deliberate smart design decisions, rather than a way to scrimp on construction costs. Not a single Berber rug or Aladdin lamp is to be found in this room. And the bad ass wood-burning oven is gorgeous. I’ll be back soon to sample more from the menu.
233 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills
Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.